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General G06-054 - Avian Influenza - Lifting of Restrictions in Fife 20 Apr 2006

Defra and the Scottish Executive have advised, further to the Cellardyke swan incident, that as long as no more H5N1 cases are found the Fife Wild Bird Protection Zone will lapse at 00.01 on Saturday 22nd April.

Feed F06-055 - A Public Consultation on the Future of Organic Advice and Information Services in England 20 Apr 2006

Defra has commenced consultation on the proposals it is developing for the future provision in England of advice on conversion to organic farming.

General G06-052 - SFP - Interim Payments 19 Apr 2006

The announcement that interim single farm payments are to start as soon as possible was greeted as positive news by the AIC Board as it heard the news during its meeting today.

Feed F06-054 - Avian Influenza - Defra Worker Protection Leaflet 19 Apr 2006

Two Defra leaflets, which have been put together by a working group on worker protection, are available here

Grain and Merchanting GM06-013 - COCERAL Congress Reminder - May 2006 19 Apr 2006

With only 3 weeks to go to the COCERAL Congress in Budapest, from 10th-12th May, there is still the possibility of registering for what promises to be an excellent event.

Seed S06-008 - Cert 5 - Latest Proposed Revision 11 Apr 2006

Defra has produced a further proposal for a revised Cert 5 form. This follows criticism of earlier attempts to revise the Cert 5.

General G06-051 - National Minimum Wage 11 Apr 2006

The national minimum wage will rise from £5.05 an hour to £5.35 an hour from 1 October 2006.

Fertiliser Manufacturers FM06-005 - Fertiliser Sector Head 07 Apr 2006

Eileen Pullinger joined AIC as Fertiliser Sector Head on 1st April and I will be retiring from full-time employment at the end of the month. One of Eileen's first priorities will be to visit members in the coming weeks

Fertiliser Distribution FD06-006 - Fertiliser Sector Head 07 Apr 2006

Eileen Pullinger joined AIC as Fertiliser Sector Head on 1st April and I will be retiring from full-time employment at the end of the month. One of Eileen's first priorities will be to visit members in the coming weeks

Feed F06-053 - Avian Influenza - Update - Biosecurity Protocol - Notification Arrangements and E-mail Links 06 Apr 2006

H5N1 has now been confirmed in the swan found dead in Fife, Scotland. It is understood this was a native, non-migratory bird. In accordance with a recent EU decision the Scottish Executive is putting in place a Protection Zone of a minimum of three kilometres radius and a Surveillance Zone of 10 kilometres.